Category Archives: Wisdom from the grandmothers

Diva Musing: Breakfast at the Watering Hole…..

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After I meditate and leave for the day, I usually eat a light breakfast before work… as I often don’t get to stop, even for a comfort break, all day.  Recently I’ve started going to the Taco Bell near here.  I sit and send my morning motivational texts to friends and family, while listening to joyful music from the 50-60’s… which won’t mean much to you younger lot.  However,  I smile and enjoy some of the best coffee ever and ease slowly into my day; thanking the Universe for making such a great way for me to start my mornings. 

How about you my Divakind? Are you good to yourself from dawn to dusk?  Do you take the time needed to “smell the roses”, hug the pups or kids, enjoy the simple settings around you no matter what? 

I encourage you to try it!  Your day just goes better and you get more out of it.  Find a good local near you and try it. If you are a stay at home Diva then get the morning…”must do’s” done… sit quietly in your meditation space and enjoy your cup of coffee there.  Drink in the silence of your own safe space.  Feel the flow of your calmly beating heart and enjoy what the Universe offers each new day.. We love you….   Namaste, The Queen Cronista

Diva Tasting: Orange Chicken and Southern Peach Cobbler….

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Orange Herb Roasted Chicken

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Chicken Broth
  • 1 (4 Pound) Whole Chicken, Rinsed And Patted Dry
  • 1/2 Cup Butter, Cut Into 1 Tablespoon Sized Pieces
  • 2 Navel Oranges, Halved
  • Salt And Pepper To Taste
  • 4 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1/2 Cup Butter, Melted
  • 2 Sprigs Fresh Rosemary
  • 2 Sprigs Fresh Thyme
  • 2 Sprigs Fresh Sage
  • 2 Bunch Flat Leaf Parsley Chopped

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Pour the chicken broth into a small roasting pan, and set aside.
  2. Loosen the skin from the breasts and thighs of the chicken. Stuff the butter pieces evenly underneath the skin of the chicken, and place into the roasting pan. Squeeze the orange halves over the chicken, and stuff the orange halves into the chicken cavity. Tie the legs together with kitchen twine. Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper to taste, then rub in the minced garlic. Drizzle the melted butter all over the chicken, then half the herbs and stuff half in cavity and lay the rest of herb sprigs onto the breast and around the legs.
  3. Cover the dish with aluminum foil, and bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Uncover and baste the chicken with the pan juices. Continue cooking until the chicken is no longer pink, or until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh reads 165 degrees F, 1 to 2 hours. Baste the chicken every 10 to 15 minutes after you uncover it. Once cooked, allow the chicken to rest out of the oven for 10 minutes before slicing.
  4. Serve with cauliflower mash potatoes and Swiss chard. With Southern Peach Cobbler for dessert Below…..

Southern Peach Cobbler….

Ingredients

  • 8 Fresh Peaches – Peeled, Pitted And Sliced Into Thin Wedges
  • 1/4 Cup White Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
  • 1 Teaspoon Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 2 Teaspoons Cornstarch
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  • 1 Cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 Cup White Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 6 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter, Chilled And Cut Into Small Pieces
  • 1/4 Cup Boiling Water
  • Mix Together:
  • 3 Tablespoons White Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine peaches, 1/4 cup white sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice, and cornstarch. Toss to coat evenly, and pour into a 2 quart baking dish. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine flour, 1/4 cup white sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, baking powder, and salt. Blend in butter with your fingertips, or a pastry blender, until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in water until just combined.
  4. Remove peaches from oven, and drop spoonfuls of topping over them. Sprinkle entire cobbler with the sugar and cinnamon mixture. Bake until topping is golden, about 30 minutes.

 

Diva Tasting: Solstice Halibut and Summer Fruit….

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Keeping it fresh for the solstice…..

Grilled Halibut with Spinach and Tomatoes

Ingredients

  • 4 (4 ounce) halibut filets
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 garlic clove minced, or to taste
  • 2 cups roughly chopped spinach, or to taste
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 4 tablespoon chopped onion
  • 4 tablespoon olive oil, or to taste
  • 4 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, or to taste
  • 4 slices mozzarella cheese, cut into cubes

Directions

  1. Preheat grill for medium-high heat.
  2. Place fish on a piece of aluminum foil and season with salt, black pepper, and garlic powder. Top fish with spinach, tomato, and onion; season again with salt and black pepper. Drizzle olive oil and balsamic vinegar over cod and top with mozzarella cheese. Fold foil over cod creating a packet, crimping the edges together making a seal.
  3. Cook on the preheated grill until fish flakes easily with a fork, 7 to 10 minutes.
  4. Serve with rice pilaf and garlic bread.

Whipped Ricotta and Summer Fruit

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 8oz Cream Cheese softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pint fresh peaches, halved
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, halved
  • 3 plums, pitted and sliced into eighths
  • 1/2 cup raw organic honey
  • freshly cracked black pepper to taste
  • 3 sprigs fresh mint, or more to taste

Directions

  1. Beat ricotta cheese, cream, cream cheese, and vanilla extract together in a bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
  2. Spread ricotta mixture onto a platter; top with fruit. Drizzle honey over the fruit and sprinkle black pepper over the top. Garnish with mint sprigs.

Diva Musing: Summer Solstice….

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I, myself, honor the miracle of creation and the changing of the seasons that is a part of this glorious Universe we live in. It is a spectacular event, if you think about it.  Today marks the summer solstice and I thought we’d wax ethereally down that road together…Namaste, The Queen Cronista….
sum·mer sol·stice
ˈsəmər ˈsälstəs,ˈsōlstəs/
noun:  the solstice that marks the onset of summer, at the time of the longest day, about June 21 in the northern hemisphere and December 22 in the southern hemisphere

The Spiritual Meaning of the Summer Solstice; By Grove Harris

The summer solstice is upon us: Things to know about the longest day of the year

Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, the shortest night, and a tipping point: from here on out the days get shorter and the nights get longer. The solstice, sometimes called midsummer because by now farmers have long done their planting, is technically the first day of summer. It both ushers in the warmest season, and reminds that the season is short, slipping away day by day. For those who revere nature, summer solstice may be celebrated by a bonfire, and staying up to greet the dawn. Celebration may be a small private event, or a large communal event such as the Pagan Spirit Gathering held on beautiful rural land in Missouri, with ritual, prayers, altars and sacred space.

Celebration may be among a broader spectrum of people, such as the 35,000 who gathered at Stonehenge last year. BBC’s coverage of that event included an interview “with those who appreciate the solstice the most: ‘We believe it is very important for people to move with the cycles of nature, and actually feel them. If you get up early in the morning and you watch that special sunrise, you’ve been a part of it. The rest of the year is shaped by that. And we think it’s a really healthy thing to do, and a very spiritual thing to do.’” And clearly the large crowd shared at least some of this sentiment and journeyed to one of the world’s most renowned sacred spots to observe the sunrise. For those for whom this is a religious practice, there are variations on the rituals or traditions. Some will burn a Yule wreath in a bonfire; some will dance, drum, sing, and pray. The variations are endless — some rituals may be prescribed and ceremonial, while others will be more spontaneous: all are witnessing the turning of the wheel of the year. People attune themselves to the rhythms of the natural world and invite the seasons of waxing and waning, of birth, growth, death and renewal to reverberate more consciously in their lives.

Rituals for the day of longest light date back to ancient times, and Stonehenge is one of the most famous sites. Dating back to between 3000-1500 BCE, its main axis is aligned to the solstice sunrise. Many cultures and ethnicities have celebrated, from ancient Roman celebrations of Vesta to feast days in many cultures. In contemporary Goddess spirituality, the American writer Starhawk offers this litany for ritual:

…This is the time of the rose, blossom and thorn, fragrance and blood. Now on this longest day, light triumphs, and yet begins the decline into the dark. The Sun King grown embraces the Queen of Summer in the love that is death because it is so complete that all dissolves into the single song of ecstasy that moves the worlds. So the Lord of Light dies to Himself, and sets sail across the dark seas of time, searching for the isle of light that is rebirth. We turn the Wheel and share his fate, for we have planted the seeds of our own changes and to grow we must accept even the passing of the sun. (The Spiral Dance, HarperCollins, 1999, p. 205)…

While Pagans hold religious ritual on the solstice, there are many public celebrations that also acknowledge the turning of the wheel of the year. Summer is widely seen as a good reason to celebrate! In Detroit, the River Days festival culminates with fireworks on the solstice, meeting fire with fire. Such celebrations build community and focus on the pleasures of the warm season, but without a religious intention.

Honoring the solstice can remind us just how precious each day and season is, because the truth of its passing away is also acknowledged. Gifts need to be appreciated, not taken for granted. Some will use their religious ritual to raise energy for healing, for re-aligning and redressing environmental wrongs, or for strengthening the sense of being part of nature, not set apart and individual, but interconnected in a larger whole, including the past, present and future. Such is the power of participating in the turning of the wheel of the year.

Diva Rambling: Gossip Cures…

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I truly am on a kick to be a better Cronista!  However this morning I woke up and wanted to kick something.  Then I hugged my puppy who had been up all night chewing up the house and I felt better.  Then the day started ;~)  I wanted to rant about all the disorganized, non-visionary, unsympathetic, slanderous cows around me….STOP!!! RESET!!! Now I am at work and needing the tips below…Love to all….Namaste, The Queen Cronista

6 Steps to Recover From a Gossip Addiction

Here are some tips by Sarah Wilkins for monitoring and controlling your tendency to talk negatively about others.

1. Pick a gossip buddy.

One spiritual teacher suggests that you confine your gossiping to one or two people, perhaps your best friend, spouse, or significant other. If you have a designated gossip buddy, it’s much easier to practice restraint with the other people in your life. Choose someone who can keep secrets and who will support you in your desire to be more conscious of what you say.

2. Catch yourself.

Learn to notice when you’re about to make a snarky remark, and stop yourself before you do. If one slips out, apologize.

3. Notice the aftertaste.

Become aware of what it feels like after you gossip. It will be different for everyone, but for me the aftertaste of gossip feels like anxiety (tight shoulders, tight stomach) and what I can only describe as a worried, slightly sinking feeling that comes from sensing I might have said something I’ll regret. Note where you feel the tension in your own body the next time you engage in a gossip fest.

4. Just say no.

Turn down invitations to pick others apart. Try changing the subject when a friend wants to have a bad-mouthing session. Ask them (tactfully) to talk about something else, and tell them that you’re trying to break yourself of the negative gossip habit. You’ll find that many people will actually thank you.

5. Don’t rush to judgment.

When someone confides a piece of gossipy information about someone else, question it. Check the source. Don’t believe something unless you have clear proof—and the fact that a whole lot of people are saying something does not constitute clear proof.

6. Try a one-day gossip fast.

Decide that for one whole day you won’t talk about other people. Then, notice when that’s especially difficult. Observe what feelings prompt you to share news about someone or repeat something you’ve heard. Does your desire to gossip come from a feeling of emptiness or boredom? Does it come from a desire for intimacy with the person you’re talking to? What happens inside you when you deny the urge? How do you feel when you’ve gone through a whole conversation without once saying, Have you heard?

Sally Kempton is an internationally recognized teacher of meditationand yogic philosophy and the author of Meditation for the Heart of It.

https://www.yogajournal.com/yoga-101/6-ways-to-stop-yourself-from-gossiping-and-why-it-matters

Diva Musing: Bacon!!!!!!!

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The joy of every Southern Cook is bacon in a recipe.  This is the cleaner way I like to do mine….Namaste, The Queen Cronista

Oven Bacon is Best Thank you Allrecipe.com

Why Cook Bacon in the Oven?

So much win, we have to count the ways:

  1. Cook a whole pound of bacon at one time in just minutes
  2. Baked bacon cooks flat and doesn’t curl up
  3. No need to turn the bacon
  4. No grease burns on your skin
  5. No grease stains on your clothes
  6. No grease splatters all over your stove
  7. Free up space on your stovetop for other foods
  8. Super-easy cleanup
  9. Baking makes it possible to make candied bacon
  10. Bacon is it’s own best reason to cook bacon

How to Cook Bacon in the Oven

Adapted from The Easiest Way to Cook Bacon
Ingredients
1 pound thick-cut bacon

Equipment
Large rimmed baking sheet
Aluminum foil
Baking rack (Optional: Cooking the bacon on a rack makes the bacon crisper, and lets the grease drip off the bacon as it cooks.)

Directions
1. Preheat your oven to 400° F. You won’t be broiling the bacon, so put your oven rack in the middle of your oven to distribute the heat evenly.
1. Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil. Make sure the foil extends up the sides of the pan so it captures all the bacon grease and clean-up is easier.
2. Arrange bacon strips directly on the foil. It’s okay if the bacon overlaps slightly, because it will shrink slightly as it bakes. OR place the bacon on a rack. Place the baking pan in the oven.
3. Cook bacon for 10 to 20 minutes, depending on how chewy or crispy you like your bacon.
4. Transfer cooked bacon to a paper towel-lined platter. The extra grease will be absorbed by the paper towels, and the bacon will crisp up a bit as it cools. You can then transfer it to a clean plate to serve.

Notes From Home Cooks

  • No baking rack? No problem. Line the baking sheet, then crumple up some more foil and lay the bacon on that to hold it up out of the grease.
  • Your baking time may differ. No two ovens bake at exactly the same temperature. You’ll probably need to do this a few times to find the right time/temperature that works for you.
  • Prevent oven splatters. This from Cindy Capps Lepp: Lay a layer of foil over the bacon; this will keep grease from spitting all over the oven. Remove the foil for the last few minutes of cooking for “final crisping.”
  • Clean up is a snap. Just let the bacon grease cool in the pan (save it if you want), then roll up the aluminum foil and toss it.

Diva Musing…. Healing Herbs for The Garden…

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I’m on a health kick as we continue to plant our gardens.  I’m a firm believer in alternative healing physical and medicine.  Whether it is holistic, Ayurveda; Native American, Shamanic or Oriental.  They all lend wonderful healing to the world.  God’s pharmacy as I like to call it.  Study, discern, listen to your body….Heal!!  

Namaste, The Queen Cronista

P.S. this one did not convert as hoped but the website is there for your review….

http://www.healthy-holistic-living.com/plants-for-healing.html?t=HHL

11 Powerful Native American Medicinal Cures
The Cherokee is a Native American tribe that is indigenous to the Southeastern United States. They believe that the Creator has given them a gift of understanding and preserving medicinal herbs. The Cherokee trust the healing and preventative properties of nature’s pharmacy. Because many plants become scarce throughout history, the Cherokee promote proper gathering techniques.

  • The Cherokee is a Native American tribe that is indigenous to the Southeastern United States. They believe that the Creator has given them a gift of understanding and preserving medicinal herbs. The Cherokee trust the healing and preventative properties of nature’s pharmacy. Because many plants become scarce throughout history, the Cherokee promote proper gathering techniques.

The old ones have taught them that if you are gathering, you should only pick every third plant you find. This ensures that enough specimens remain and will continue to propagate. Here are some of the medicinal plants that were commonly used and foraged for by the Cherokee tribe. 

11 Medicinal Plants For Healing

1. Blackberry

To the Cherokee, the blackberry is the longest known remedy to an upset stomach. However, this herb can be used for just about anything. Using a strong tea from the root of blackberry helps to reduce swelling of tissue and joints. A decoction of the roots, sweetened with honey or maple syrup, makes an excellent cough syrup. Even chewing on the leaves of blackberry can soothe bleeding gums. (source)

Some other health benefits of blackberry fruit include

These tasty berries are also incredibly nutritious. Vitamins provided by blackberries include vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, and folate. Blackberries also have an incredible mineral wealth of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, and zinc. They are also an excellent source of dietary fiber and essential amino acids.

2. Hummingbird Blossom (Buck Brush)

The Cherokee has used hummingbird blossom for the treatment of cysts, fibroid tumors, inflammation, and mouth/throat problems. Present day research has concluded that this herb is also ideal for treating high blood pressure and lymphatic blockages. (source)

The Cherokee mainly use hummingbird blossom as a diuretic to stimulate kidney function; however, it was also used to treat conditions such as:

  • Inflamed tonsils

  • Enlarged lymph nodes

  • Enlarged spleens

  • Hemorrhoids

  • Menstrual bleeding. 

To get all of the benefits from hummingbird blossom, the Cherokee would steep the leave and flowers in boiling water for about five minutes then drink the tea while it is still warm.

3. Cattail

The Cherokee consider this herb to not exactly be a healing medicine, but rather a preventative medicine. It is an easily digestible food that can help with recovery from illnesses. Almost every part of this herb, except for the mature leaves and seed heads, can be used for medicinal purposes. The root of cattail is high in starch, and the male plants are high in pollen content.

Cattail root can be prepared much like potatoes, boiled and mashed. The resulting paste is a great remedy for burns and sores. The pollen from cattail is a great source of protein and can be used as a supplement in baking. The fuzz from flowers called the seed down can also be used to prevent skin irritation in babies, such as diaper rash. The flowers of cattail can even be eaten to help with diarrhea.

4. Pull Out a Sticker (Greenbriar)

The roots of this herb are high in starch while the leaves and stems are rich in various vitamins and minerals. Due to the rubbery texture of Greenbriar, its roots can be used like potatoes. The starch in the root of Greenbriar has a harsh, strange taste but is rich in calories.

The Cherokee use Greenbriar as a blood purifier and mild diuretic that treats urinary infections. Many Cherokee healers make an ointment from the leaves and bark and apply it to minor sores and burns. The leaves from this herb can even be used in your tea to treat arthritis! The berries of Greenbrier can be eaten raw or made into jams. They make great vegan jello shots too.

5. Mint

Cherokee is a Native American tribe that is indigenous to the Southeastern United States. They believe that the Creator has given them a gift of understanding and preserving medicinal herbs. The Cherokee trust the healing and preventative properties of nature’s pharmacy. Because many plants become scarce throughout history, the Cherokee promote proper gathering techniques.1.

6. Mullein

This herb has the power to soothe asthma and chest congestion. According to the Cherokee, inhaling the smoke from burning mullein roots and leaves works miracles to calm your lungs and open up pathways. (2Mullein is exceptionally helpful to soothe the mucous membranes.

You can make a warm decoction and soak your feet in it to reduce swelling and joint pain. Due to mullein’s anti-inflammatory properties, it soothes painful and irritated tissue. (3) Mullein flowers can be used to make tea which has mild sedative effects.

7. Qua lo ga (Sumac)

Every single part of this herb can be utilized for medicinal purposes! Sumac bark can be made into a mild decoction that can be taken to soothe diarrhea. The decoction of the bark can also be gargled to help with a sore throat. Ripe berries can make a pleasant beverage that is rich in Vitamin C. (4)

The tea from the leaves of sumac can reduce fevers. You can even crush the leaves into an ointment to help relieve a poison ivy rash. A study published in Iranian Journal of Pharmaceutical Research reported that sumac if added to the daily diet, can help lower cholesterol levels (source).

8. Big Stretch (Wild Ginger)

The Cherokee recommend a mild tea, made from the root of wild ginger, to stimulate better digestion. This herb can also help with intestinal gas, upset stomach, and colic. A strong tea from the root of wild ginger can be used to remove secretion from the lungs. 

The Meskwaki, another Native American tribe, use crushed, steeped stems of wild ginger as a relief from earaches. (5) You can use rootstocks from this herb as a substitute for regular ginger and flowers as the flavoring for your favorite recipe!

10. Squirrel Tail (Yarrow)

This herb is known best for its blood clotting properties. Fresh, crushed leaves can be applied to open wounds to stop excess bleeding. Yarrow’s juice, mixed with spring water, can stop internal bleeding from stomach and intestinal illnesses. You can also use the leaves to make tea which will stimulate abdominal functions and assist in proper digestion. (source)

11. Kawi Iyusdi (Yellow Dock)

The Cherokee often use this herb in their kitchen. It is very similar to spinach but contains a lot more vitamins and minerals due to its long roots that gather nutrients from deep underground. The leaves of yellow dock are a great source of iron and can also be used as a laxative. (11)

You can even prepare a juice decoction out of yellow dock stems from treating minor sores, diaper rash, and itching. The Cherokee healers use a decoction, made from the crushed roots of yellow dock, as a warm wash for its antiseptic properties. (12)

You should always remember that all of the above-mentioned medicinal plants are very potent and might be dangerous if used in the wrong way. The Cherokee healers have many centuries of practice and experience. Another thing to keep in mind is the fact that these herbs are all very valuable! They are the nature’s pharmacy, so please be kind and caring when scavenging any of these.

This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions about your medical condition and/or current medication. Do not disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking advice or treatment because of something you have read here.

Sources:

  1. White wolf pack. 12 of Nature’s Most Powerful Medicinal Plants From Traditional Cherokees
    http://www.whitewolfpack.com/2015/09/12-of-natures-most-powerful-medicinal.html   Accessed: January 16, 2017. 

  2. Organic facts. Health benefits of blackberry https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/fruit/blackberries.html Accessed: January 16, 2017

  3. Legends of America. Herbs and healing properties page 2 http://www.legendsofamerica.com/na-herbs2.html Accessed: January 16, 2017

  4. Plants for a future. Ceanothus cuneatus http://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Ceanothus+cuneatus Accessed: January 16, 2017

  5. Bio Brandeis. Medicinal plants of the northeast http://www.bio.brandeis.edu/fieldbio/medicinal_plants/pages/Common_Cattail.html Accessed: January 16, 2017. 

  6. Foraging Texas. Greenbrier http://www.foragingtexas.com/2008/08/greenbriar.html Accessed: January 16, 2017. 

  7. Montana Native plans and early peoples. Buckbrush https://books.google.ca/books?hl=en&lr=&id=X9W1VlJmLNEC&oi=fnd&pg=PR11&dq=buckbrush+lymph&ots=JfK2zJZoJo&sig=jIcLJndFcrVE_AWR4MbnhMyVc4w#v=onepage&q&f=false Published: 1976. Accessed: January 16, 2017. 

  8. Medical News today. Mint: Health benefits, uses and risks http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/275944.php Published: February 16, 2016. Accessed: January 16, 2017. 

  9. Heal with food. Sumac- A spice with health benefits http://www.healwithfood.org/health-benefits/sumac-spice-good-for-you.php Accessed: January 16, 2017. 

  10. Mother earth living. Herb to know: wild ginger http://www.motherearthliving.com/plant-profile/an-herb-to-know-wild-ginger.aspx Accessed: January 16, 2017. 

  11. Wild foods and medicine. Wild rose flower http://wildfoodsandmedicines.com/wild-rose-flower/ Accessed: January 16, 2017. 

  12. The Herbal Academy. https://theherbalacademy.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Native-American-Herbal-Medicine-In-a-Piegan-Lodge-Edward-S.-Curtis-Public-domain-via-Wikimedia-Commons.jpg Accessed: January 16, 2017. 

  13. Ascension lifestyle. http://ascensionlifestyle.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/native-smudging-1.jpg Accessed: January 16, 2017. 

  14. Shutterstock. http://image.shutterstock.com/display_pic_with_logo/314083/303773660/stock-photo-cattails-and-reeds-303773660.jpg Accessed: January 16, 2017. 

  15. Vetanat. Morphometric Study on the Digestive System of the Wild Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis).
    http://www.vetanat.com/v15-pdf/5.pdf  Accessed: January 16, 2017. 

  16. NCBI. Rubus fruticosus (blackberry) use as an herbal medicine
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4127818/ Published: 2014. Accessed: January 16, 2017. 

Today’s Thought: Over-entitlement….

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I was at the breakfast hole this morning with my favorite fast food manager in the world.  She runs a tight ship and is gloriously a joy!  I call her one of my AngelGirls!  She and I were reflecting on how after decades in corporate America we have seen people become insensitive, over entitled, and just lacking in manners and common courtesy.  She says people come in and order a one dollar item and berate the staff like they are entitled. I’d probably dump hot coffee on them or something.  But not AngelGirl, she waits on these dweebs as if they were actually human beings.  I have lessons to learn from her!  

She makes each day that I go in a wonderful way to start the day.  We should all learn from her, in fact.  This grumpy crone actually loves people….(don’t tell anyone), but I draw the line at rude, manner-less, idiots.  

Yesterday I was leaving the wholesale super store with my sister…each with a huge cart full.  A manner-less, dweeb (you cannot imagine how much I want to cuss on this one) jumped between our overloaded carts and attempted to push past us in a hurry, with his 2 loaves of bread.  He pushed by me and I accidentally hit his heel.  He turned to me and said I needed to get my glasses checked.  The fire breathing dragon from middle Earth erupted and I went off like a bottle rocket.  

“What has happened to manners in the South” I screamed.  Rude old men deserve to get hit when they are not gentlemanly enough to let two women, pushing heavy baskets, leave a premises.  He began to curse back.  I told him to get out of my face or I’d hurt him worse the next hit.  My sister now red and embarrassed. What I really wanted to say was…” Unless you are taking those 2 loaves of bread to Jesus to feed the starving masses there is no excuse for your disgusting behavior”.  But I refrained realizing I’d let my disgust for the over-entitled masses make me as rude as they are. Although I felt truly justified in doing so with this old fart.  Courtesy people!  Respect! I still believe in good manners.  

However, as a time worn crone, I set proper boundaries, and take no shit! Someone still has to take a stand for those wonderful men who stand when we enter a room, open the door for anyone, and care for their families and loved one with gallantry. My tribute to those few of you who remain gentlemen in spite of the chaos of the world.  We love you best.  Is It Just Me? 

Crone No. 1’s Website….BEAUTIFUL….www.theturquoisechick.com
Albuquerque, New Mexico

 

 

Diva Musing: FAMILY FUN….

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I was reading this article today and it was like my beautiful daughter-in-law Jenni had written it herself. These are all activities we enjoy each time I visit her and my son and 2 grandsons.  She even created an outdoor drive-in on the back wall of the house for me so we could all expedience the fun of the old fashion drive in movie at home under the stars.  Popcorn included!  The zoo, planetarium, and museum included.   The sense her sons have of home and family will cause them to be great men, fathers and husbands.  Plus grandma enjoys too….
Namaste, The Queen Cronista

10 Activities That Will Strengthen Your Family Bond

A strong family bond creates happiness and security for each family member. When kids are bored, they may exhibit behavioral problems which cause parents to discipline them. This takes away from the happiness and feelings of security kids should have. If you do fun things with your kids that have elements of education hidden in them, everyone is happy.

Parents feel like they’re doing a good job raising kids that will become good people. Kids feel nurtured and cared about as their parents take time to be with them. Parents are the leaders of the family unit and it’s their responsibility to ensure bonding. It may not be easy with hectic lives but it’s essential to ensure a good foundation for healthy minded children. There are many fun family bonding activities that can bring a family together. See these ten activities that will strengthen your family bond.

10. Build a Family Tree Together

Building a family tree will give each member of the family a sense of identity as you learn where you came from. Building a family tree can be a daunting task for just one person so doing it together makes it easier. Start off by finding a template that allows you to easily add family members as you find them. Give each family member a task they’re responsible for. If you have older kids, get them to do some research online.

9. Eating Meals Together

For a family that is involved with individual activities, sitting down for dinner is important. Taking the time to enjoy food together while you touch base should be a nightly activity if possible.

You have the opportunity to talk about the details of your day. It allows you to find out on a daily basis what’s happening in school and social activities with your kids. Cooking together or cleaning up after dinner is good practice also. Getting your children to contribute to some of the domestic duties of the house will teach them about work ethic.

8. Play Board Games Together

Playing board games is fun and they’re designed to make you think. It doesn’t take that much time and you don’t have to leave the house. Building these memories for your children are invaluable to their state of mind and your own.

There are many board games designed to interest all members of your family regardless of age. Make it a weekly family engagement to have a games night. Teaming up with your kids is a great way to bond, especially if you happen to win. You’ll also have the opportunity to be a good sport in the event that you lose.

7. Volunteer Together As a Family

Volunteering is a great idea for a family on so many levels. Doing something deeply meaningful together brings you closer. You are teaching your kids how to have a humanitarian mindset at an early age.

Many experts suggest that volunteering boosts self-esteem and is good therapy for depression. Getting your kids volunteering at an early age gives them a good sense of self. This is essential when they become teenagers. Some options are serving meals at a shelter, helping a family in need over the holidays or doing a charity walk as a family unit.

6. Be Crafty Together

Kids love being creative as it gives them the opportunity to express themselves. Their finished craft project will be one of a kind which is how children discover their individuality. Many adults say they’re not creative but everyone is creative as art is whatever you want it to be.

Being creative is just as important as academic enhancement for children. Better still is when you involve yourself with the crafting projects as a means of bonding. It’s a lot of fun and you have the opportunity to learn something from your kids such as learning that coloring outside the lines isn’t so important.

5. Go Camping

Camping with the family is a valuable bonding experience as you get away from every day distractions. Whether you rough it in a tent or stay in a motor home, getting into nature with your family has many benefits. You can take the opportunity to educate your kids about the environment around them. You can teach them how to fish, go on hikes and explore the wilderness that surrounds you.

Being in close confines together is interesting in its own way and a brand new way of cohabiting together. You may have obstacle to overcome as camping isn’t always easy or convenient. Kids will find the small things interesting too like how you heat up water or make dinner without the standard kitchen.

4. Get Outdoors

If you don’t have time to go camping, take a day trip outdoors. Go for a hike and include a picnic lunch. In the summer, spend a day at the lake. Another great way to bond with your family is to go geo-caching. This involves getting a GPS system and finding the spot where a secret treasure has been hidden. Usually, the spot will include a stamp your kids can use to mark in their geo-caching passport. Kids especially love this activity as they love treasure hunting. Teaching your kids to love the outdoors at an early age will benefit them later in life as they make their own choice on activities.

3. Bedtime Bonding

When your kids are small, reading them a book before they go to sleep is a great way to bond. It gives you the opportunity to spend some relaxed time with your kids. They also have the opportunity to wind down and will tend to go to sleep more quickly. Families that go to church will often say prayers with each other before going to bed. If you’re not religious, it’s still a good habit to share what you’re grateful for. To acknowledge those who aren’t doing well in life and wish them the bet for them gives you and your family an appreciation for what you have. This gives your children a sense of gratitude for the life they have instead of taking it for granted.

2. Plant and Nurture a Tree or Garden

Many schools have an adopt-a-tree program where they’re given a sapling from their local forestry association. Planting a tree in your yard with your children is a great way to document the years that go by. It’s fun to get down in the dirt and out in nature with children as you teach them the lessons of how they play an important part in the environment.

Creating a family garden is another great way to bond with each other. Kids love to play in the dirt anyway so teach them how to assist in gardening. Smaller kids would be happy to pull weeds or plant seeds. Older kids can assist with fertilizing and daily watering.

1. Science Experiments

If you look online, you’ll find many easy science experiments you can do with your kids at home. You’ll probably only need everyday household items for any given project. It’s a fun way to spend time with your kids as they learn. The actions are fun but you also get your kids thinking about the scientific reaction of the project. Expanding your child’s mind in a fun way is an efficient way to ensure their mental development

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